City Council took up the growing issue of houses within the city limits that are in a bad state of repair or lawns that haven’t been mowed, or have trash and excessive vehicles on the property. The commonwealth allows localities to declare nuisance properties. A public hearing is not required, but the city held one anyway and a few people spoke. 6 houses were removed from the list after the owners committed to plans to fix the problems. 2 houses were removed because of the public appeals made by their owners during the meeting. About 20 houses are still on the list and 15 of them are owned by William Bennett of Bennett Properties who told Council he didn’t want any problems and would do what he needed to do.